2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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Developmental Disability Waivers Workgroup (language only)

Item 310 #1c

Item 310 #1c

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 316, after line 3, insert:

"R.1. The Department of Medical Assistance Services, in collaboration with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, shall convene a stakeholder workgroup, to meet at least once annually, with representatives of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, the Virginia Network of Private Providers, the Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living, Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (VaACCSES), the disAbility Law Center of Virginia, the ARC of Virginia, and other stakeholders including representative family members, as deemed appropriate by the Department of Medical Assistance Services. The workgroup shall: (i) review data from the previous year on the distribution of the SIS levels and tiers by region and by waiver; (ii) review the process, information considered, scoring, and calculations used to assign individuals to their levels and reimbursement tiers; (iii) review the communication which informs individuals, families, providers, case managers and other appropriate parties about the SIS tool, the administration, and the opportunities for review to ensure transparency; and (iv) review other information as deemed necessary by the workgroup.  The department shall report on the results and recommendations of the workgroup to the General Assembly by October 1 of each year."


(This amendment adds language directing the Department of Behavioral Health Developmental Services, in cooperation with the Department of Medical Assistance Services, to convene an annual stakeholders workgroup on issues related to the developmental disability waiver programs. Specifically, the workgroup will examine issues related to the tools to assess individual support needs, the assigned payment levels for providers, and the communication of these matters to individuals, families, case managers, providers and others.)